Kootznoowoo, Inc. has joined together with the Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition and the U.S. Forest Service for a habitat restoration project at Florence Lake, Ward Creek, Kathleen Lake, and Cube Cove on Admiralty Island. Currently, Kootznoowoo is working to build a crew of 4-5 locals in Angoon locals who enjoy working in the woods and are passionate about fish, wildlife, land, and water to steward the project. Together, the crew will work to restore habitat by removing 89 legacy culverts and 3 bridges abandoned during the logging era, reactivate floodplain and natural drainage through 87 road breaches, and restore instream and riparian forest conditions through hand tool work, including chainsaws.

Work is estimated to begin in April and will run through September 2024. Additional seasonal work will be available in 2025 and 2026, and possibly beyond. Anyone interested in applying should contact Jon Wunrow, Director of Tourism and Natural Resources at (907) 617-9956 or jwunrow@kootznoowoo.com.

Ralph “Chico” Bierely

K-Plaza Building Maintenance Manager

Chico serves as a jack-of-all-trades for the corporation. His main responsibility is overseeing the maintenance and upkeep of the K-Plaza building. However, he provides additional support when needed on a variety of projects. He is based in Juneau.